Add to these the vessels on the Pacific coast, the steam frigate Niagara, returning from Japan, and four tenders and storeships, and there was a total of 42 vessels, carrying 555 guns and about 7,600 men, in commission on the 4th of March, 1861.
Without awaiting the arrival of vessels from our foreign squadrons, the department early directed such as were dismantled and in ordinary at the different yards, and which could be made available, to be repaired and put in commission.
23 Gunboats 92 11,661
12 Sidewheel Steamers 48 8,400
3 Ironclad Steamers 18 4,600
52 256 41,448
Making a total of 264 vessels, 2,557 guns, and 218,016 tons.
The aggregate number of seamen in the service on the 4th of March, 1861, was 7,600.
The number in December, 1861, was not less than 22,000.
This was a very good exhibit for the Navy in less than a year after the commencement of the war, but it must be remembered that of these vessels 6 were ships-of-the-lin